Through the Garden Gate

By Elizabeth Lawrence, Edited by Bill Neal

270 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4519-6
    Published: March 1995
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-6000-7
    Published: November 2000
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8682-8
    Published: November 2000

Chapel Hill Books

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Through the Garden Gate is a collection of 144 of the popular weekly articles that Elizabeth Lawrence wrote for The Charlotte Observer from 1957 to 1971. With those columns, a delightful blend of gardening lore, horticultural expertise, and personal adventures, Lawrence inspired thousands of southern gardeners.

"[A] fine contribution to the green-thumb genre."--Publishers Weekly

About the Authors

Elizabeth Lawrence (1904-1985) was the first woman to receive a degree in landscape architecture from the North Carolina State College School of Design. Her own legendary gardens in Raleigh and Charlotte provided the background for her books and columns.
For more information about Elizabeth Lawrence, visit the Author Page.

The late Bill Neal, a chef, author, and master gardener, was a friend of Elizabeth Lawrence.
For more information about Bill Neal, visit the Author Page.


"A fine contribution to the green-thumb genre."—Publishers Weekly

"This collection is a treasure."—Booklist

"Elizabeth Lawrence is always inspiring; her writing not only conveys her love of gardening as she experiences it from day to day and month to month, but she draws on the wisdom of earlier botanists and gardeners to add spice to her interpretations. I am grateful to her for so much guidance both in the joy of gardening and more practical matters."—Penelope Hobhouse, author of Garden Style

"I have learned more about horticulture, plants, and garden history and literature from Elizabeth Lawrence than from any other one person."—Katharine S. White in Onward and Upward in the Garden